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About DwightM

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    Kentucky River, Frankfort
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  1. A Curlew in Adelaide

    Great job Labrat, Thank God for the internet, better than Ham radio, we get to see PICTURES.
  2. kayaks for the homeless

    A great idea, will take work to promote. I saw something like that on the net, they auction off a home made canoe for the school sports team.
  3. Building the Mess About

    Thanks Paul and Sparrow...the design has been changed a number of times....I hope it floats. It's a nice day today, so I've been working in the garden, must get those tomatoes out. Happy weekend. From Kentucky you have Dwight here.
  4. Frame weight

    Thanks GP....I'll tell my wife, No , no I pick up an iron at the Good Will. Have a good weekend.
  5. Frame weight

    Looking very Good Stick. I started my sewing today. Knocked off at 4:40 back at it in the AM. I understand about your hand pain pulling the skin. Do you think I use a heat gun to shrink my skin ?
  6. Building the Mess About

    The Day with the Needle......... Today is nice in the 40 . I had to take It outside to hot trim the nylon....smell. Got it ruff trimmed and will now start sewing...now where is that needle ?
  7. How I am cutting scarf joints

    That looks safe to me. ...................... You can't get into trouble by listening.
  8. Frame weight

    I do like your frame, gives me more ideas. I have changed my frame several times and looks like there are more changes coming. Dwight
  9. Building the Mess About

    Getting things in shape, sanding outside today (nice weather today). With all the woodworking I've haven't used a rasp that much, it's a great tool. Live and learn. I moved the second frame, from stern, to have more room for 'fishing stuff', I attached the stringers to the bow and stern with wood dowels instead of lashing them. Bow and stern are 3/4" pine with 5 dowels going from top stringer through the bottom. Thinking about the floor boards now, I have some very light 1/4" (some type of wood) and will fit it in soon. Mom wants the boat out of the house SOON. OK OK Put some extra supports for the floor. the total frame now weights 18 lbs. Dwight
  10. Building the Mess About

    Another Boo-Boo...For some reason I thought frame 6'6" should be cut out at the top, how wrong I was, am. As I was bending the Keel in place I heard a crack, stopping, everything looked OK. Upon further inspection I saw that I had broken the frame. Maybe I should have followed the planes ??? I will have to get more stitching lace, maybe I can find some around here ? Now where is my Beer ?
  11. Building the Mess About

    And here is my fix. Cut the frame out beside the keel and put a scab across, glued and clamped. ????
  12. Building the Mess About

    My 'Mess About is a little messed up. I got it lashed together and turned it over to find frame 8'6" was too big at it's bottom. It is 1/2" lower than then the other frames. I checked the offsets, the other stringers look great, just the one frame pushing the keel down. Another question, should the bow and stern be made of plywood or would it be OK to use a solid wood ?
  13. Building the Mess About

    Yes I started with the mid frames and cut the stringer slots the same. Only the two bottom stringers of the front and rear frames. OH here is a photo
  14. Building the Mess About

    Ran into a problem when I was fitting the stringers to the first and last frames, if I twisted the stringer to fit it would twist and not fit the other frames. Everything else fits OK. So I will cut two more frames to get things lined up. Humm can't find the load photo button
  15. Building the Mess About

    Thanks Jeff, the old man understands now, now what did I do with my beer ???